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Crime Tracker: Pharmaceutical Company Brings Criminals To Justice

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  • PHOTOS: Pharmacy Robbery; Do You Know Who This Woman Is?

    PHOTOS: Pharmacy Robbery; Do You Know Who This Woman Is?

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 3:06 PM EST2014-01-07 20:06:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - On Saturday, January 4th, 2014, at about 3:30 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Tim Greenfield responded to Sav-On Pharmacy inside of the Albertson's store at 12312 N. Division on a robbery call.More >>
    KHQ.COM - On Saturday, January 4th, 2014, at about 3:30 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Tim Greenfield responded to Sav-On Pharmacy inside of the Albertson's store at 12312 N. Division on a robbery call. The pharmacist told Deputy Greenfield that at about 3:30 p.m. a white female, in her late twenties to early thirties, 5'5" and a medium build, walked up to the counter and demanded oxycodone.More >>

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for information leading to the arrest of a woman that they say is behind three recent pharmacy robberies. The cash reward is being put up by Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest and a program called RX Patrol.            

RX Patrol is an initiative created by a pharmaceutical company called Purdue Pharma L.P.  It collects and disseminates pharmacy theft intelligence to law enforcement across the United States.  Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest President Eric Green says RX Patrol works in collaboration with Crime Stoppers to bring pharmaceutical thieves to justice. 

It provides the reward money offered in these cases. Green says that so far RX Patrol has paid out upwards of $5,000 in rewards through Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest. The collaborative effort is essential as prescription drug abuse continues to rise.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports prescription painkiller abuse has doubled in the past five years to nearly half a million.  

12 million Americans report using prescription drugs to get "high" or for non-medical reasons.  Also, the CDC says prescription drug abuse costs $72.5 billion dollars every in direct health care costs. 

The overall cost rise even further when one takes into consideration the cost of law enforcement resources allocated to pharmaceutical thefts.

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  • KHQ Crime Tracker: On Patrol With The Liquor Control Board

    KHQ Crime Tracker: On Patrol With The Liquor Control Board

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-03-26 22:21:22 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - It’s been almost two years since grocery stores in Washington started selling liquor. When voters passed Initiative 1183, opponents worried the privatization of alcohol would make it more accessible to kids.More >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - It’s been almost two years since grocery stores in Washington started selling liquor. When voters passed Initiative 1183, opponents worried the privatization of alcohol would make it more accessible to kids. Now, almost two years after they started selling, the KHQ Crime Trackers went on patrol with the Washington State Liquor Control Board to see if Spokane grocery stores are selling their liquor to people under the age of 21.More >>
  • BBB Warns Of Ticket Scams As NCAA Tournament Kicks Off

    BBB Warns Of Ticket Scams As NCAA Tournament Kicks Off

    Thursday, March 20 2014 11:35 AM EDT2014-03-20 15:35:42 GMT
    KHQ.COM - The Better Business Bureau is warning basketball fans to remember to make wise choices when they’re buying tickets to see their team play in the NCAA tournament. If your looking to check out games at the Spokane Veteran’s Memorial Arena, the BBB says Ticketswest.com is a safe and efficient way to buy tickets.More >>
    KHQ.COM - The Better Business Bureau is warning basketball fans to remember to make wise choices when they’re buying tickets to see their team play in the NCAA tournament. If your looking to check out games at the Spokane Veteran’s Memorial Arena, the BBB says Ticketswest.com is a safe and efficient way to buy tickets.
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  • CRIME TRACKER: Friday Fugitive Arrested

    CRIME TRACKER: Friday Fugitive Arrested

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-03-18 15:52:43 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Another person featured in KHQ’s Fugitive Friday segment is under arrest. The Crime Trackers featured Anthony Fuentes March 7th on KHQ Local News Today.More >>
    KHQ.COM - Another person featured in KHQ’s Fugitive Friday segment is under arrest. The Crime Trackers featured Anthony Fuentes March 7th on KHQ Local News Today.
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  • 3rd N. Spokane Fast Food Robbery In Three Days

    3rd N. Spokane Fast Food Robbery In Three Days

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:15 AM EDT2014-04-18 05:15:21 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane Police tell us they have taken two people of interest into custody following a robbery at the Shadle Park McDonald's. It's the third fast food restaurant robbery in the Spokane area in the last three days. The robbery happened at about 6 p.m. Thursday at the McDonald's near N. Belt St. and W. Wellesley Ave.More >>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane Police tell us they have taken two people of interest into custody following a robbery at the Shadle Park McDonald's. It's the third fast food restaurant robbery in the Spokane area in the last three days. The robbery happened at about 6 p.m. Thursday at the McDonald's near N. Belt St. and W. Wellesley Ave.More >>
  • Gruesome Murder Trial Continues In Spokane; Alex Rozier Reports

    Gruesome Murder Trial Continues In Spokane; Alex Rozier Reports

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:35 PM EDT2014-04-18 00:35:52 GMT
    SPOKANE, WA. – The murder trial for suspected killer Daniel Arteaga continued at the Spokane County Courthouse on Thursday as one of the lead investigators took the stand discussing evidence found the night of Kim Schmidt’s death. Arteaga is on trial for the murder of Schmidt, a 34 year old mother he dated for more than 6 years.More >>
    SPOKANE, WA. – The murder trial for suspected killer Daniel Arteaga continued at the Spokane County Courthouse on Thursday as one of the lead investigators took the stand discussing evidence found the night of Kim Schmidt’s death. Arteaga is on trial for the murder of Schmidt, a 34 year old mother he dated for more than 6 years.More >>
  • The Isaac Foundation Helping Those Dealing With Autism

    The Isaac Foundation Helping Those Dealing With Autism

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:31 PM EDT2014-04-18 00:31:07 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - New numbers from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention show more children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
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    SPOKANE, Wash. - New numbers from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention show more children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. According to the CDC, autism spectrum disorder affects 1 in every 68 kids. There is no cure but therapy can help children with autism improve speech, motor skills and even their social interactions.
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